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Md. Lt. Gov. Announces Location of Next Drug Task Force Summit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The "emergency" of heroin and opioid abuse in Maryland is getting attention from state lawmakers and health leaders.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford's office announced on Thursday that the third of six drug task force summits will be hosted in Calvert County later this month.

Rutherford is the chairman of the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, part of Gov. Larry Hogan's initiative to address the rising number of fatal overdoses in the state - which he declared an emergency.

The General Assembly also passed several bills this legislative session to help address heroin abuse. They include measures to protect medical professionals from certain liabilities regarding overdose prevention programs, and a Good Samaritan measure for a person trying to get medical attention for someone suffering from a drug overdose.

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